Madison Square Garden states it has prohibited a New York Rangers fan for life after he was seen punching a Tampa Bay Lightning fan in the face following Thursday’s Match 5.
According to the video published on social media, the Rangers fan turned and punched the Lightning fan, sending the person to the ground as they walked through the concourse after Tampa Bay’s 3-1 win. The assaulter appeared to leave the area while other individuals took care of the fan who got attacked.
A Friday, a Madison Square Garden declaration called the event an “abhorrent assault,” stating the Rangers fan also attacked a 2nd person who tried to intervene.
The opponent will likewise be banned from The Garden and all other MSG venues for life,” MSG stated. “All guests– no matter what team they support– need to feel safe and appreciated in The Garden.
Authorities confirmed to multiple outlets that a 29-year-old Staten Island guy had been detained on two counts of assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment. Authorities stated there had been an interaction between the Rangers and Lightning fans before he threw the punch.
Madison Square Garden stated the two victims “got proper healthcare.” According to authorities, the Lightning fan was required to the health center and remained in steady condition, and the intervening fan decreased treatment.
The Lightning holds a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Match 7 will be held at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday if the Rangers win Saturday.
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